berry · Chambourcin · red wine · sweet · under $20

2011 Three Ships To the Wind

Friends and I picked up this beauty on a trip to Gettysburg shortly before the Christmas holidays.  The Adams County Winery store in Gettysburg graciously offered FREE wine tasting on our choice of three bottles.  I purchased two of the Three Ships to the Wind red wine.  Personally I enjoy a dry wine but my husband favors the sweet stuff a little more.  One bottle was uncorked Christmas Day and was inhaled within 10 seconds by our guests.  I didn’t even get a glass!!!  No worries though; I bought two!  Cracked the second one open for a solo glass the other night.  I ended up nursing it for an hour or so as it is really sweet which is not my favorite.  However, my husband loves it and our guests at Christmas couldn’t stop raving about it.

The wine is a very sweet and fruity and when chilled is crisp and refreshing (probably better for a summer day than the middle of winter!).  It leaves zero after taste and is perfect for those wine drinkers who “like” wine but don’t really LIKE wine if you know what I mean.  It’s a light weight red; Chambourcin blend.  Kudos to The Adams County Winery for this sweet bottle of red.  We’ll keep a bottle on hand for our guests that say they’d like to try a red but say they don’t like heavy or dry wine.  Just this evening I paired it with our steak dinner; worked out quite well.  I would have preferred a Shiraz with my steak but all in all it was a good experience.

Oh BTW they are changing their label and put up this promo picture on their Facebook page.  I like the new label!

Chardonnay · mango · oak · papaya · pineapple · under $20 · white wine

2010 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

Delicious bottle of wine.  I used to think that I was not a fan of white wines as they gave me headaches due to the sweetness but this one did no such thing.  The bottle claims pineapple, mango and papaya flavors which I could taste.  Aging the wine in the oak barrels adds a nice warm finish to the wine.  Definitely on my “A” list.  Looking for a gift or a good white wine to go with pizza or pasta you should consider this one. 

Retail $18
Purchased table side at Romano’s Macaroni Grill for $38.  Mental note – next time bring our own bottle!